HxSC @ Denholme

When we arrived at Denholme it was so windy and gusty that we nearly cancelled the sailing session.   Both Henry and myself were waving our windspeed indicators about. thinking perhaps it’s far too gusty to be safe.  Luckily the wind died down a little and we decided to sail.  Hannah sailed a Pico, Katie sailed a Topper, Harry and his Dad sailed a Zest and a friend of mine David from lots of years ago (when I worked at Denholme for Youth Services) sailed the other Zest.  The wind was still gusting from all directions which made for fast sailing and fast reactions. Katie did a good job of lassoing a mark with her main sheet.  We had to undo it from the Topper and still it would not come free from the buoy.  Phil managed to eventually remove it from the buoy. It must have wrapped itself around the buoy about 3 times. We then had a pursuit race. Even I joined in.  Harry did really well in not getting Dad too wet. Hannah found out what luffing is and Katie, after a few swims, did really well.
Thanks to Phil and Nicola for Safety.
Happy Sailing – Sue and Henry.

Still Summer at HxSC

A Force 4 warm wind and sunshine was provided at Warley Moor reservoir for a day enjoyed by many club members.

Windsurfers were at the club in the morning, the usual impressive display of “vans” on show. The afternoon saw two more windsurfers take to the water (including new member Mike Coldwell) along with four dinghies for a pursuit race, won by Dave Walker in/on his Sprint15 catamaran followed by William Redman (Laser Radial), Henry Goodman (Laser) and Tim Holden (Contender).

Several other club members were in attendance making for a good club day, including the Cable family to whom thanks go for running the safety boat.

“The Chase” comes to HxSC…


…well, in the form of ad hoc pursuit racing. Five boats, a safety/OD craft and a windsurfer braved the glorious sunny weather and between them arranged two pursuit races.
With all present adhering to the latest Covid related conditions, experimental 1 hour and 30 minute pursuit races were held and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody returning to Sunday sailing at the club.

Even though the results did not count towards a series or get recorded, the competitive feeling between sailors was still there and hopefully, more boats will take advantage of a full reservoir for the remaining Sundays of the season.

Meanwhile, at the Denholme branch of Halifax SC, Saturday Sailors took to the water in a mixture of Toppers and RS Zests, looked after by Steve Davison in his inflatable safety boat.

As expected for the first time on the water in such a while, and in new boats, there were some capsizes with Katie managing one without getting wet!!. Thank you to club members and parents for their support. The fun resumes next Saturday, with the usual start time of 12.00 

The 2020 season starts

As per the recent email to all members, from this weekend, the sailing club is open, subject to instructions about how to safe with regards to Covid-19, which are given here. All craft can take to the water although no dinghy racing will take place. The water level is now such that dinghies can be launched “in comfort”. Limited safety boat cover will be in place and members must be sure they feel comfortable taking to the water in the prevailing conditions.
There are three months of the season left and we hope to see many members at the club in that time.